County News

August 13, 2020
Linn County has been declared eligible for disaster relief.
If you need assistance, you can contact our local Community Action agency, which case manages disaster relief funds for people who need temporary housing and/or home repair due to Monday’s storm. You can call 515-518-4770 to find out if you are eligible to apply for assistance.
Also, if you are a current EBT card holder and have lost food due to the power outage, you may apply for additional food assistance to replace that food. 
The first step is to call and report the loss at 1-877-347-5678. This loss must be reported within 10 days of its discovery. DHS will then will guide callers on completion of the Request for Replacement of Spoiled Food form, and ways to submit the form, outlined below:
Email picture of document to
Turn document into the local office lobby (call to make sure open)
Mail or fax document to their local office
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July 23, 2020

See a bird's eye view of our gardens!

flowers and watering can
April 20, 2020

We can't be there to show you how -- but we can help you learn!

July 17, 2020

The major responsibility of the Part Time Temporary Childcare Assistant is to assist in the operation of the childcare site under the direct supervision of the Lead Childcare Employee. Primarily evening and weekends hours. Number of hours vary depending on workshops offered, needs of the program, attendance, and registration.

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November 20, 2019

Farm Financial Planning is Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's farm financial analysis program. It consists of one-on-one financial counseling, a computerized analysis of the farm business, and referral to other extension programs or outside services that may be useful.

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September 1, 2019

Fall is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs, and daffodils are an excellent choice. However, several steps must be followed to ensure their success in spring. 

Master Gardener Article by Richard Jauron and Greg Wallace

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May 14, 2019

News Article - By Beula Dvorak, Linn County Master Gardener
Food Insecurity is real for many people living in Linn County. One in eight people struggle with hunger, including one in seven children. More than 25,000 individuals have been identified as living with not enough food to eat. For several years ISU Extension and Master Gardeners across the state have been working together to help alleviate food insecurity for our residents. Linn County Master Gardeners has been awarded their fourth GROWING TOGETHER mini grant for the 2019 growing season to help support this endeavor.

milkweed and monarch
May 14, 2019

News Article by Beula Dvorak, Linn County Master Gardener
Milkweed has become a common gardening buzz word these days. Many people have joined the mission to bring back the beloved Monarch Butterfly. Milkweed is the only host plant for the Monarch larvae. The flowers of milkweeds produce pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
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April 17, 2019

News Article - By Beula Dvorak, Linn County Master Gardener
You have probably seen articles in the Gazette from them, heard them on WMT Radio, seen them on KCRG TV, and seen them at various events in the area. But do you really know who these folks are and what they do in the community?
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March 22, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Linn County Master Gardeners has received our third mini grant for 2018 from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach. The Community Outreach Gardens Project will be overseeing the grant as we partner with community gardens, individual Master Gardeners, and individual community gardeners.

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November 13, 2017

If you have room in your yard for just one more tree, why not consider the black gum tree (Nyssa sylvatica)?  It’s not a tree that gets much attention around here, but it’s a tree that, if space permits, you should consider planting for the spectacular fall color show.  

Master Gardener Article by Linda Skvor

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May 31, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Lisa Slattery

As spring turns into summer, many bulb flowers are fading leaving behind greenery and some brown foliage. So how do you care for the spring bloomers now to make sure you will have another pretty showing next year? 

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May 31, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Denise Klemp

White gardens have been popular for ages. One of the most popular and well known white gardens is Sissinghurst Castle’s famous white garden in Britain developed by writer Vita Sackville-West.  White gardens are so reflective in partially shaded areas against the green of surrounding trees, shrubs and lawns and stand out in the evening when other colors of blooms seem to fade into the darkness.

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April 26, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Linda Skvor

We’ve all seen those hibiscus plants at garden centers with their HUGE blooms, but buying the right one can be a bit confusing.   Which one is for the landscape, or are they just a patio plant?

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April 10, 2017

MG Article by Judy Stevens

This is the time of year when gardeners want to dig in the dirt and be rewarded with flowers by the end of May. Due to the cool ground temperatures it is a bit early to plant annuals in the ground. But it's not too early to prep plant containers for patio, deck and outdoor table tops.

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March 29, 2017

MG Article by Lisa Slattery

If you're new to gardening you'll need to familiarize yourself with growing zones and what they mean. If you are a seasoned gardener, you might still be confused about zones. 

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March 21, 2017

MG Article by Tina Patterson.

Water. One of the basics of life.  But over and under watering are two of the major reasons plants might fail. Water consumption varies with species, season of the year, ambient humidity, room temperature, and soil conditions. Research your plants water requirements online or at the garden center. 

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March 21, 2017

MG Article by Linda Skvor.

Admittedly, my initial interest in composting was less about saving the environment and more about avoiding additional garbage bags.  We are a family that rarely eats out, and we consume a lot of fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs and coffee.   So, instead of buying bag tags we decided to invest in a small compost bin.

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